After all the good food that I enjoyed during my holidays, I will have to go back on to a strict fitness regime I feel. I have been reading a lot about having small meals dotted through the day instead of three large ones and nutritionists have been expressing this opinion in one way or another. But does one have the time to plan and follow such a new routine? I always emphasize that following this is a matter of personal choice – the golden rule is that the meals should be balanced and well in tune with the time of the day. For example: Breakfast should have balanced proteins and carbohydrates. Lunch can be high protein and low in carbohydrates. Dinner can be high protein, low fat with minimal or no carbohydrates. But in most homes dinner is the heaviest meal of the day.
This sets my mind thinking and I suggest you look up some recipes on www.sanjeevkapoor.com that help you cook meals without oil. Yes, that helps to keep the calories in control and one can take a meal without oil especially the day following heavy eating. My recipes have been formulated specially and you can say they are not completely devoid of oil as all foods contain some trace of oil/fat: like poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns, sesame seeds and turmeric powder. And this takes care of the fat needed to maintain a healthy body. In favour of oil I do say that it is an integral part of most recipes because it not only removes the unpalatability of the dish, it also adds the needed softness as also flavour and nutrients. Our bodies do need fat not just for lubrication, but also for proper absorption of the fat-soluble precious vitamins and for energy.
Though our bodily functions operate at the optimum when they are lubricated well the naturally present oils meet these requirements. It is better to follow a diet that is minus the visible fat but healthy in essential proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
I will give you some ideas here.
Chilled Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup
Slimmer’s Salad in No Oil Dressing
Till I write again.